Change: Stenciled Chalk Spray Paint Messages

In the grand tradition of all those activists and artists who have challenged, changed, and inspired before us, we decided to LITERALLY take our messages to the street today! We have been guerilla art-ing love and equality all morning with washable spray chalk paint and stenciled messages.

I can’t think of an easier and more immediate way to get out with kids and teach them that there are SO many ways to participate in our political system. Today, be inspired by the peace, the love that’s out there, the mobilization, action, voices, and ART! Democracy affords us amazing opportunities and to make it work, we must ALL work together – on EQUAL footing.

Stronger Together Stenciled Chalk Spray Paint Message on the Sidewalk

It is SO much fun to “spray paint” these messages, but if you don’t feel like gathering the supplies, have a better idea, just want to use chalk sticks on your driveway – OR – take it to the next level by figuring out how to use wheatpaste – DO IT!!! There are SO MANY ways to create guerrilla art in fun (eco-friendly…lawful) ways with kids. I’ve included a couple of examples and links below to get your creativity flowing. To recreate our exact look though, see the instructions below…

For a colorful winter twist on our spray paint, mix up a batch of homemade snow paint and head outside to experiment!

Stenciled Chalk Spray Paint Message Supplies:



  • Our chalk art template (download below)
  • A piece of poster board
  • An X-Acto knife

Stenciled Chalk Spray Paint Message Instructions:

Make your chalk art stencil

You can grab our template for stencil-making – OR – come up with a message of your own! Layout your message on a thick piece of poster board or card stock, use an X-Acto knife to cut the letters out, and voila – you have your very own stencil!

Make the chalk paint

Mix up a batch of DIY sidewalk paint using our recipe, then pour it into a spray bottle. You can make and use multiple colors.

Lay your stencil on the sidewalk and start spraying!

Find a good spot on the driveway or sidewalk, lay down your stencil, and start spraying!

You can download the 18×24″ template below by right-clicking and “saving as”.  If you’re home printing, make sure to choose borderless printing – due to the size, this will print on 4 separate pages you can then align – or just reduce/enlarge the size as you need it by changing your printer settings.

Stronger Together Chalk Paint Template

Looking for a little inspiration? Here are a couple of our favorites:

For art opportunities that reinforce positive action, try making these colorful rainbow ribbon noisemakers to celebrate Pride Month! Create a miniature peace garden, or encourage inclusive play with a set of diverse DIY peg dolls your kids can paint and decorate themselves.

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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